Just a few weeks remain in the NFL regular season, which means the Week 17 slate is of ultra importance to those fighting for playoffs spots!
As always, we have you covered with our betting picks for every game below.
NFL Week 17 Betting Picks
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field, Sunday 2nd January, 8.20pm (AEDT)
Pretty big game for both teams here in the context of the NFC Playoffs. The Green Bay Packers will be hunting a win at home as they look to hold onto the No.1 seed in the conference while the Vikings will need to win their last two games of the season to challenge for one of the wildcard spots.
When the two sides met earlier in the season, the Vikings caused an upset win at home in a high scoring game that finished 34-31. Minnesota have now won their last two in a row against their divisional opponents but they are coming off a tough loss to the LA Rams in Week 16. The Vikings are 5-3 against the spread away from home this season.
The Packers have been one of the best teams against the spread in the entire NFL this year. They have a dominant 11-4 record against the spread while covering in 6/7 games at home. When I first looked at this matchup, I thought I would be happy to take Green Bay up to a touchdown and thankfully they come in under that at just 6.5 point favourites. I think they win this one to secure the No.1 seed in the conference.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Heinz Field, Monday 3rd January, 8.15pm (AEDT)
The Steelers are 7-7-1 straight up this season but have not been great against the spread at all. They have one of the worst ATS records in the league at just 6-9 and will be at home on Monday night where they have covered in just 3/8 games. They are coming off a disappointing loss to the Chiefs where they were smashed by 26 points. With their playoffs hopes all but dashed, this will be Ben Roethlisberger’s final game at Heinz Field, which is something that could see the Steelers really fired up to play.
The Browns have lost their last two games against the Raiders and Packers but have covered the spread in both, losing by a combined margin of just four points. They sit at the bottom of the AFC North, so a playoff berth is likely out of the question for them as well with just two games remaining. They are just 2-5 straight up on the road this season but 4-3 against the spread.
The Browns start as three point favourites here but I’m leaning slightly towards the Steelers. Big Ben will want to finish on a high in Pittsburgh and I can see his teammates going to another level for him now. The Browns don’t really have a lot to play for as well.